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Law Professors Part of SSHRC Team Successes

Insight Grants to help further much-needed research into Canada’s Justice System

August 8, 2019 — 

Professors at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law have been active on research teams this year, working to improve the Canadian Justice System. Among the recently-announced Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grants (2018-19), four of Robson Hall’s faculty members were co-applicants on successful projects.

Professors Richard Jochelson and David Ireland have, for a second time in a row, been part of a successful SSHRC) Insight Grant team for more research on jury work. The project on which they are co-investigators is entitled “Jury Representativeness in Canada: Representative or Not?” and has received a $174,260 grant. Dr. Michelle Bertrand, a psychologist in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Winnipeg, is leading the project, which will be studying issues of representativeness in the Canadian jury context in relation to participation in justice-making by vulnerable communities including Indigenous persons and Persons with Disabilities.  The study has a three-year term and coincides with the same research team’s other five-year-long SSHRC on jury work entitled “Understanding justice: Jury comprehension of Canadian judicial charges in the criminal law.” The Robson Crim team is focusing on making Robson Hall a leading site for the academic study of jury work in Canada.

Professor Ireland, together with Professor Karen Busby, Director of the Robson Hall-based Centre for Human Rights Research, was also a co-applicant on a successful Insight Grant team led by Dr. E. Jane Ursel, a professor in the University of Manitoba’s Department of Sociology and Criminology on a project titled, “Impervious to Change? A Mixed Methods Analysis of Criminal Sexual Assault Complaint Attrition Rates.” The project received $268,50 in SSHRC support.

Professor Lorna Turnbull was a co-applicant on two successful SSHRC Insight Grant projects, one titled, “Indigenous Youth Aging out of the Child Welfare System in Manitoba: Where do we go from here?” which received $373, 539, and is led by Dr. Roberta Woodgate of the University of Manitoba’s College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. The other project, “Quantifying Social Disparities in Youth Justice System Trajectories – Evidence to Inform Policy Change” received $252, 756 and is led by Dr. Marni D. Brownell, Associate Director, Research, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy.

A full listing of the most recent SSHRC Insight Grant Recipients is available to read on the Government of Canada website.


Robson Hall Faculty of Law professor leads major SSHRC-funded research on improving Canada’s criminal justice system

Professor Busby is also a co-applicant on a successful SSHRC Insight Grant project titled “Surrogates’ Voices: Exploring Surrogates’ Experiences and Insights,” which received $260,000 and is led by Vanessa Gruben, an Associate Professor of property and family law and Vice Dean of the English Program at the University of Ottawa.


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